New MySantaTalk Parents and Kids Site

This is something we’ve been meaning to get to for about 2 years….

Launching a less-corporate, more fun, site for My Santa Talk that is updated with current Links to the apps and social media sites.

CLICK TO VISIT NEW SITE

This site (this one, that you’re on) will be more focused on the business of My Santa Talk, including Licensing and franchise spin-off opportunities.  We have some pretty fascinating stuff under the tree that we’re anxious to share with everyone…so, keep an eye out.

For those interested in business relationships, we look forward to chatting with you and sharing the success that My Santa Talk has had, globally, throughout 2012.  We have a significant up-tick in traffic, but, more importantly, in the duration and quality of each session.  As we add more audio and voice features, we anticipate this to increase throughout 2013 as well.

An Ever Expanding Network – Google Chrome App Store

My friend the Tooth Fairy was just tested out as a Chrome Web Store app.

Success!

So, that will be another place you’ll find me, My Santa Talk, upon my upgrade and re-release in Q4 2012.

BTW – Having daily chats, all Spring and Summer long (Northern Hemisphere) has been wonderful.  It’s a pleasure and a surprise to see how many kids want to chat with Santa year round.

Moments Away from 2011 New Launch – Chat with Santa…

It’s been a long year.

But, seeing MySantaTalk move from Beta to it’s Version 1.0 is really exciting.

We are in the process of validating some native app versions and fine tuning the mobile web version.

One more day. . .

Nice timing on the GigaOM story about “interactive fiction” — http://gigaom.com/2011/12/07/interactive-ebooks-take-on-fiction-novels/ – Go figure, Santa reading GigaOM?

Have a wonderful Holiday Season.

- The MySantaTalk Team
Portland and Eugene, OR

Santa Chat for Holidays 2011 — Where to find Santa?

The 2009 MySantaTalk was available on Instant Messaging.

The 2010 MySantaTalk was available on mobile web.

The all new 2011 MySantaTalk is being entirely rebuilt and redesigned and will feature more bells, whistles and AI tools than it’s predessors…and, it will be available in many more channels. . .mobile web, Android, Windows 7/XP (AppUP), Meego and maybe, just maybe, we’ll even do a native iOS version.  NOOK/color is also a strong possibility.

Announcement will be made, including Links, no later than October.

Stay tuned. . .

An All New Chat with Santa for 2011 – Now in Progress

It’s make-over time for MySantaTalk.

We’ve just scheduled the work to commence in July for an all new version of the application, delivered to more mobile sets and through more channels, for the 2011 Holidays.

The current version will be taken offline during the first week of July.

New features?

Many, including a few surprises.

Updates to follow

Santa’s Thinking about Christmas 2011 – Enhanced App and Delivery

The sun’s coming out and the days are getting warmer…

Time to think about Christmas 2011.

The team @ MySantaTalk are busy planning an enhanced version of MySantaTalk to feature new layers of  interactivity and storytelling for 2011.

As well, we’re testing out new delivery channels for mobile, including ANDROID, NOOK, MEEGO and Intel’s APPup for Windows Mobile and Tablets.   We want MYSANTATALK to be available EVERYWHERE.

Stop by http://contentAI.com to see our other channel delivery releases.

Santa in the Off-Season – Chat Improvements

You’d think Santa would be lounging around on a beach in Fiji…

Oh, no, he doesn’t.

While next Season, there will be entirely new interactive stories and video produced, right now, the elves are busy improving the chat navigation and making the mobile web experience easier for everyone. Below is a screenshot of the new interface:

Now, you no longer have to leave the ‘chat screen” to insert your response!  Faster.  Easier.  More fun.

Enjoy.

From Around the World to CES…Now on Holiday

The 2010 Holiday Season and MYSANTATALK was inspiring for those of us at contentAI studios. With steadily increasing numbers throughout it’s launch (right up until “the night before Christmas”), some great analytics from the QR Tag and mobile web site, it was the (anonymous) chat logs themselves that really made the undertaking worthwhile.

People engaged. People enjoyed.

And, quite a few either fooled us, or, they really “suspended disbelief” and went along for the journey — Now, whether you chat to a human Santa in a Mall, or a virtual Santa on your phone, suspension of disbelief is really part of a successful engagement.

We’ll keep the application available for a short while longer, but, it will be taken off line at some point and then prepared for 2011, when even more bells and whistles will be added.

Thanks for making this a great Holiday Season.

MySantaTalk Gets a Nice Shoutout in Texas

Here’s a terrific picture of a local retailer’s promotion of MySantaTalk, using the shortcode and keyword option.  This year, MySantaTalk is offered to businesses at no cost for their own Holiday tie-ins.  We appreciate getting the pictures of how you’re using this in your town.

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Talking to Digital Santas – Privacy and Security

This seems to be the year of digital Santas.  Many of whom offer some level of “personalization.”  My Santa Talk does this as well.

While we believe that most companies who are creating digital Santas are reputable, we do live in the day and age of hackers and other nefarious creatures.  So, before opting-in and providing ANY personal information, please think about a few things.

First, MY SANTA TALK is 100% anonymous.  Being on mobile web means (a) we do not have your phone number; (b) we don’t have an IP address, (c) we don’t know your name or have access to any personal data on your device, (d) we don’t have your eMail address or any other sensitive data.

The digital Santas that require users to fill out a form and eMail a submission?  Or, digital Santas that are “app” based or respond to phone numbers all start having access to sensitive personal information.  Again, the companies who are creating these are likely to be reputable, but, you may be providing a fair bit of personal information, including information about your children.

Creating a “personalized” experience that’s anonymous was not easy.  But, we think it was worth the effort.  Mobile or online, let’s be careful out there, OK?